INTERVIEW

INGOs are here to complement the government, not to challenge it

The proposed National Integrity Policy, one of whose aims is to rein in the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and international NGOs working in Nepal, has drawn flak from various stakeholders for introducing several restrictive provisions.

Jun 18 2018

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During his China visit, PM Oli’s primary focus will be on implementing past pacts

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is embarking on a five-day state visit to China beginning on June 19. With his visits to New Delhi and now Beijing, the Oli government has underscored the importance it attaches to Nepal’s bilateral relations with India and China.

Jun 11 2018

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‘If you promise heaven on earth, you will not get anywhere’

On May 24, the President presented the government’s annual policies and programmes for the coming fiscal year 2018/19. It has accorded priority to National Pride Projects and priority projects, while giving equal importance to metro, flyover, tunnel way construction, among other infrastructure.

May 28 2018

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The unification is not for political gains but for a prosperous Nepal

Eight months after the initial agreement between the Communist Party of Nepal-Marxist Leninist United (CPN-UML) and the CPN (Maoist Centre) on a party unity, the two ruling left parties have sealed the merger.

May 21 2018

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Oli govt has gone out of its way to get two-thirds majority in Parliament and in centralising power to PMO

Nepal has embraced a path towards economic reforms after the Girija Prasad Koirala-led government adopted economic liberalisation in the early 90s. Now, the KP Oli government talks of economic growth, development and prosperity. It is even planning grand new linkages with both our neighbours for improved trade and transit. And yet, the government in a recent white paper published by the Finance Ministry has criticised Nepal’s privatisation drive, claiming that it was carried out “on a whim.”

May 14 2018

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If govt breaks some syndicates successfully, it sets a precedent for the future

The scrapping of more route permits and the arresting of protestors involved in the recent nationwide strike called by the Federation of Nepalese National Transport Entrepreneurs (FNNTE) has only reinforced the government’s decision to end the cartel system in public transportation.

May 07 2018

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MC and UML couldn’t come together on Lenin’s birth anniversary but May 5, Marx’s 200th birth anniversary, is coming up

April 22, the birth anniversary of Vladimir Lenin and the founding day of the Nepal Communist Party, has passed. This was the proposed date of unification of CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Centre). But leaders from both parties suggest that even though unification did not occur on the said date, the parties will eventually come together.

Apr 23 2018

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Lack of a cost conscious culture has allowed those in govt to believe they can spend the state’s money as they like

The Auditor General’s annual report presented to President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Thursday has only reinforced what preliminary audits of financial transactions indicated—most federal units are far from compliant to standard accounting practices. And these discrepancies in book keeping, it seems, are not confined to the local levels, pointing to a serious lack of financial accountabiilty country-wide. Mukul Humagain and Prithvi Man Shrestha talked to Auditor General Tankamani Sharma about the reasons behind this recurring financial indiscipline.

Apr 16 2018

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The new government has a large mandate to work effectively

What is the conflict between your ministry and Investment Board Nepal (IBN) over decisions on hydropower projects?

Apr 09 2018

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India understands PM Oli has a strong mandate and he’ll negotiate from a position of strength

On April 6, Prime Minister KP Oli will make India his first foreign destination as Prime Minister of Nepal in his current tenure. New Delhi has been making overtures to restore Nepal-India ties that had hit a low when Oli was last prime minister.

Apr 02 2018

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Are administrators ready to take on the same amount of accountability that I take as captain?

The achievement is remarkable considering that Nepal only just made it to the Qualifiers by virtue of making it to the final of the ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division 2 in Namibia where they lost to fellow qualifier United Arab Emirates in the final.

Mar 26 2018

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